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New entrance & mezzanine open at Rosslyn Metro station

As of this morning, Metro riders can now access Rosslyn station via its new entrance on the east side of North Moore Street.

The new entrance combines 3 high-speed elevators with a new track-level mezzanine, complete with more fare gates and a manager kiosk. It expands the passenger capacity of the station, providing room for more passengers to enter and exit more quickly.

Rosslyn's new entrance and mezzanine. All photos by BeyondDC on flickr.

Cross-posted at BeyondDC.

Dan Malouff is a transportation planner for Arlington and professor of geography at George Washington University, but blogs to express personal views. He has a degree in urban planning from the University of Colorado, and lives in NE DC. He runs BeyondDC and contributes to the Washington Post


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The security surveillance cameras just above face level are a great idea, they're needed at all Metro elevators; when people know they are being monitored, they are less likely to misbehave (from ipad purloiners to potential terrorists)

by @ShawingtonTimes on Oct 7, 2013 12:54 pm • linkreport

The picture seems to show a new station manager kiosk. Will this replace the old one? If not, is the plan to staff both at all times or close down one of the entrances at certain hours, like Farragut West?

by Gray on Oct 7, 2013 1:22 pm • linkreport

Is the fare gate area brand new? Those tiles look so dated...Im surprised theyre using that in new construction. Or was it just a dead corner?

by JJJJJJ on Oct 7, 2013 1:26 pm • linkreport

What is going in the space around the elevator entrance where all the cars are parked in the second picture? Another building?

by Esingles on Oct 7, 2013 1:36 pm • linkreport

The lighting seems much more sensitive than what they've installed downtown.

The tiles are great.

by Neil Flanagan on Oct 7, 2013 1:38 pm • linkreport

I find it bizarre that 3 regular faregates + extra wide faregate is all they installed. Though maybe they are trying to avoid overbuying since they are presumably replacing them in the next few years.

by MLD on Oct 7, 2013 1:39 pm • linkreport

This is a second entrance with its own fare collection area and managers kiosk.

The tile matches the existing tile in the rest of the station. To my knowledge WMATA has no plans to change out the tile used in stations in subway with the concrete pavers used in the rebuilt, new surface and elevated stations.

I am interested in seeing what it look like at night, is the etched Metro M in the glass in the penthouse back lite?

by Sand Box John on Oct 7, 2013 1:52 pm • linkreport

@Sand Box John: So both will be staffed at all times? Or will it be like Judiciary Square or Farragut West, where one entrance is shut down on weekends?

by Gray on Oct 7, 2013 2:01 pm • linkreport

I don't know the answer to that question.

However, the new entrance will have the only elevator access, so if they do close one of the entrances, they'll have to close the original entrance (since there would be no other way for wheelchair-bound customers to enter if the new entrance is closed).

I suspect both will remain open for the foreseeable future. But if the budget gets really bad, they might reconsider.

by Matt Johnson on Oct 7, 2013 2:05 pm • linkreport

Great news for Rosslyn! Does anyone know what happened to the plan for a second entrance at Ballston, adding an entrance at the west side of the station closer to Glebe Rd?

by Transport. on Oct 7, 2013 2:15 pm • linkreport

Why close the old one why not keep all running unless there is an actual problem with the elevator ?

Kinda of off topic but why wasn't Rosslyn along with other stations such as Bethesda, Medical Center, Wheaton and Friendship Heights not just entirely highspeed elevators in the first place like Forest Glen?

by kk on Oct 7, 2013 2:35 pm • linkreport

I used it this morning. I noticed three design issues:

* The elevators fill and empty through the same door. If you want a fast system, you make sure that you let people out through one door, and then open the other entrance doors a few seconds later.
* There are buttons to call an elevator. This is again a waste of time. Any decent system will automatically send one (or two, depending on the time of day) to the other floor, so that there is always an elevator available.
* When exiting outside, you walk into a construction zone which sends most of the people the wrong way and encourages walking in the street. This problem will solve itself soon.

Does anybody know why there is no escalator here? Is that simply because it would end up ending in the McD?

by Jasper on Oct 7, 2013 3:03 pm • linkreport

This development is especially good news for those of us who enter Rosslyn with our bikes. Hopefully, the elevators are a little bigger as getting even two bikes into the old elevator was a chore.

by Falls Church on Oct 7, 2013 3:31 pm • linkreport

In Bethesda Station, they're installing hanging light at Kiosk level - not embedded in the ceiling as seen here.

by Capt. Hilts on Oct 7, 2013 3:33 pm • linkreport

The second Ballston entrance is under planning but not design or even location yet I think.

by BTA on Oct 7, 2013 4:04 pm • linkreport

A second entrance in Crystal City is also under planning and there is a proposal to reopen a partially completed entrance tunnel for Pentagon City as well.

by BTA on Oct 7, 2013 4:06 pm • linkreport

@BTA, looking at the Arlington board documents, the $500K allocated for the second Ballston entrance is to advance the completed 30% design. Quote: "This new entrance will be located at the intersection of North Fairfax Drive and North Vermont Street and will include two street level elevators and escalators connecting to an underground passageway and new mezzanine with stairs and elevators to the train platform." So it is beyond a general planning stage.

The board budget document tables projects $56 million in expenditures from FY2015 to FY2017, so the second Ballston entrance could possibly be completed in 4+ years. But schedule slips for these types of projects is routine.

I do not see any references in the Arlington board transportation spending plans for a second Crystal City entrance. I thought a 2nd CC entrance had been put on deep freeze.

by AlanF on Oct 7, 2013 5:54 pm • linkreport

So they are decommissioning the old elevator?

by DavidDuck on Oct 7, 2013 8:34 pm • linkreport

Any news on the development right around the elevator - was it called Center City maybe? Was that waiting on the elevator construction and can now go forward or is it in some sort of development purgatory?

by Jack on Oct 8, 2013 2:09 am • linkreport

AlanF, my understanding is that Crystal City is very much on the table but that it will be after Ballston so maybe 2018-2022 or thereabouts.

by BTA on Oct 8, 2013 9:04 am • linkreport

WMATA would not have spent the money to build a second entrance to only open it part time.

@Matt Johnson
The original elevator from the street that descends down between the existing escalators is still there. I have heard nothing about permanently closing it.

by Sand Box John on Oct 8, 2013 9:14 am • linkreport

@Sand Box John:
All of the planning documents indicate that the existing elevator will be removed. There are 3 primary reasons for this:

1. JBG is constructing an underground parking garage above the Rosslyn mezzanine/escalator shaft, and the old elevator gets in the way.

2. The single ADA faregate at the bottom of the old elevator has created problems, especially when it is not working.

3. The old elevator is much slower than the new elevators, so Metro probably wouldn't want to intimate that it has parity. Besides it goes to the same place as the new elevators, so no one is getting a locational preference like they might at stations like Woodley Park, where the elevator is a block from the escalators.

Anyway, don't take my word for it. Here's one of several planning documents that call for the old elevator to be removed (bottom of page 2):

by Matt Johnson on Oct 8, 2013 9:20 am • linkreport

@Sand Box John:
For clarification, Arlington County built the Rosslyn second entrance. Arlington paid WMATA to install the fare equipment and also for WMATA's extensive staff support during the construction. Fund sources for the project were from Arlington County, developer contributions, and state and federal grants.

Rosslyn Central Place was supposed to have been constructed concurrently with the new elevators, but market conditions delayed the developer, JBG. It's my understanding Rosslyn Central Place construction is to begin soon. The former elevator must be demolished to accommodate the new development.

The Crystal City additional entrance is still on the table, but Ballston has a higher priority now.

by mrh on Oct 8, 2013 9:54 am • linkreport

@Matt Johnson
thank you for the clarification.

Who paid for it was not relevant to the question. It still would not have been built if it were only going to be open part time.

by Sand Box John on Oct 8, 2013 10:29 am • linkreport

I should stop at the Rosslyn station soon and try out the new elevators while they still have the new clean elevator smell. Probably won't take all that long for someone to give each one that public elevator urine odor.

by AlanF on Oct 8, 2013 10:50 am • linkreport

@Sand Box John: it's charming that you have that much faith in metro operations

by Mike on Oct 8, 2013 11:09 am • linkreport

I hope that the 'up' escalators will run faster while Bethesda station is down to just one each way. It's important to get people OFF the platforms and OUT of the station as quickly as possible.

by Capt. Hilts on Oct 8, 2013 5:29 pm • linkreport

I wish they would bring that lighting to the rest of Rosslyn. Jasper is correct on needing the elevators to auto call to the bottom when left at the top or vice versa depending on time of day. This morning it seemed like two elevators where out but by 4:30 they where all back in operation. Now if they can just get the escalators between platforms to work or heck just replace them with wider stairs.

by TeganAnn on Oct 8, 2013 8:33 pm • linkreport

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